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post #161 of 510
I got it!

I'm to wait and make sure I'm not pg before starting it. Probably I'm not but better safe than sorry. I hope insurance kicks in and covers some of it.

She did a pap and checked it out under the microscope. She said it had lots of yeast in it. I don't even feel particularly yeasty right now.

We are still doing the kombucha. DD is doing better, well she was untill two days ago. Not sure if this is more die off after a short break or something else.:

We're off to my IL"s for the weekend. I hate taking the "show on the road" but we havn't visited in nearly a year and we won't be going back for the holidays so this is it. I've got meals planned for the whole time we are there, just a few more things to bake and we are set.
post #162 of 510
Patty-good luck at the IL's. Will be interested in how you do with the diflucan.
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post #164 of 510
I need opinions!

I found an alternative doctor in my town. I emailed him with information about our problems with dairy/soy sensitivity, eczema and yeast overgrowth. His response was that homeopathy has an 80% chance of clearing up the eczema "whether or not it is yeast or allergy induced." He also said, "Our goal in treating is to cure the problem," and noted that the elimination diet eliminates symptoms, but does not cure.

Sooooo, I'm not sure how I feel about this. I have misgivings about homeopahty in general (did you see my thread about alternative medicine? lol), because it seems like allopathy in some ways--cure symptoms, but not necessarily get to the root of the problem. SCD says the gut CAN be cured, and then, when it is, symptoms resolve. I don't know, his response and perhaps approach (at least from his brief email) don't seem to address the gut's importance.

What would you all do? I have a VERY small pool of alternative doctors from which to choose. I really wanted someone who would be willing to do an allergy blood test, but I have a feeling this doctor wouldn't think that was useful.

AHHHH!

What would you all do? Should I make the appt anyway?
post #165 of 510
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Originally Posted by Chinese Pistache View Post
I need opinions!

I found an alternative doctor in my town. I emailed him with information about our problems with dairy/soy sensitivity, eczema and yeast overgrowth. His response was that homeopathy has an 80% chance of clearing up the eczema "whether or not it is yeast or allergy induced." He also said, "Our goal in treating is to cure the problem," and noted that the elimination diet eliminates symptoms, but does not cure.

Sooooo, I'm not sure how I feel about this. I have misgivings about homeopahty in general (did you see my thread about alternative medicine? lol), because it seems like allopathy in some ways--cure symptoms, but not necessarily get to the root of the problem. SCD says the gut CAN be cured, and then, when it is, symptoms resolve. I don't know, his response and perhaps approach (at least from his brief email) don't seem to address the gut's importance.

What would you all do? I have a VERY small pool of alternative doctors from which to choose. I really wanted someone who would be willing to do an allergy blood test, but I have a feeling this doctor wouldn't think that was useful.

AHHHH!

What would you all do? Should I make the appt anyway?
I'd go ahead and make it anyway. I've come to find that I use lots of different resources and take from them what I can use and leave the rest yk? For instance, I used a mainstream allergist to RAST test dd. Never went back and probably won't. I used a chiro who did muscle testing and won't go that route again either. I'm currently using a homeopath and a craniosacral therapist for dd. I'd love to find another homeopathic doctor b/c this one does not know anything about chelation but she HAS helped dd in many other ways. IMO, homeopathic medicine is the way to go. I will also continue our craniosacral therapy.

Go and see what you think. You'll find other resources as you go along. I wouldn't care one way or another whether they understand gut healing or not. Most don't but they can still be useful to you.
post #166 of 510
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Originally Posted by Chinese Pistache View Post
I need opinions!

I found an alternative doctor in my town. I emailed him with information about our problems with dairy/soy sensitivity, eczema and yeast overgrowth. His response was that homeopathy has an 80% chance of clearing up the eczema "whether or not it is yeast or allergy induced." He also said, "Our goal in treating is to cure the problem," and noted that the elimination diet eliminates symptoms, but does not cure.

Sooooo, I'm not sure how I feel about this. I have misgivings about homeopahty in general (did you see my thread about alternative medicine? lol), because it seems like allopathy in some ways--cure symptoms, but not necessarily get to the root of the problem. SCD says the gut CAN be cured, and then, when it is, symptoms resolve. I don't know, his response and perhaps approach (at least from his brief email) don't seem to address the gut's importance.

What would you all do? I have a VERY small pool of alternative doctors from which to choose. I really wanted someone who would be willing to do an allergy blood test, but I have a feeling this doctor wouldn't think that was useful.

AHHHH!

What would you all do? Should I make the appt anyway?
My understanding is that SCD doesn't cure the gut, it creates a situation in which the gut can heal and cure itself.

My very vague understanding--and I'm sure there are lots of people on mdc who know lots about Chinese medicine so you could post a thread just about that--is that he will mainly balance your humors. He will also give you perscriptions that will help your gut to heal more effectively. So that's speaking through my hat a little, but nonetheless I think that SCD and Chinese medicine could be very complimentary. The only thing is that he may prescribe some illegals but could probably change the prescription if you mention that.
post #167 of 510
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I'm a little blown away. I have never heard anyone call homeopathy close to allopathic medicine. Maybe you're understanding of it isn't quite clear?
post #168 of 510
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I'm a little blown away. I have never heard anyone call homeopathy close to allopathic medicine. Maybe you're understanding of it isn't quite clear?
That's quite possible. But in all I've read about it, I've seen a strong focus on curing symptoms (despite the talk of treating the "whole person"). And then, when this doctor said that he "cures" eczema (80% of the time), regardless of whether or not allergies or yeast are the culprit, it added to my concern.

I do think I'll visit him, because it can't hurt. And maybe I'll be surprised at the visit, especially if he addresses the root causes of her yeast and eczema. I just wish I could find a doctor (any doctor) who would recognize the reality of a damaged gut
post #169 of 510
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That's quite possible. But in all I've read about it, I've seen a strong focus on curing symptoms (despite the talk of treating the "whole person"). And then, when this doctor said that he "cures" eczema (80% of the time), regardless of whether or not allergies or yeast are the culprit, it added to my concern.

I do think I'll visit him, because it can't hurt. And maybe I'll be surprised at the visit, especially if he addresses the root causes of her yeast and eczema. I just wish I could find a doctor (any doctor) who would recognize the reality of a damaged gut
The choice of remedy is based on the symptom yes, and it's very detailed, but it's not directly curing the symptom. It's an aid to help choos the correct remedy. That's probably what you are talking about. Homeopathy is as far is it could possible go from allopathic medicine. I can tell you've never been to a homeopath because if you were you would never said it's not treating the whole person.
post #170 of 510
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The choice of remedy is based on the symptom yes, and it's very detailed, but it's not directly curing the symptom. It's an aid to help choos the correct remedy. That's probably what you are talking about. Homeopathy is as far is it could possible go from allopathic medicine. I can tell you've never been to a homeopath because if you were you would never said it's not treating the whole person.
No, you're right, I've never been. But what you said about the remedy and symptoms *has* been my impression of homeopathy. Anyway, I'm not trying to criticize the practice. I promise! I know that many people have had success with it, and I'm definitely willing to try it. I'm crossing my fingers that it will be useful for us
post #171 of 510
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No, you're right, I've never been. But what you said about the remedy and symptoms *has* been my impression of homeopathy. Anyway, I'm not trying to criticize the practice. I promise! I know that many people have had success with it, and I'm definitely willing to try it. I'm crossing my fingers that it will be useful for us
I know you are not criticizing it, that's why I am just trying to explain it a little. When you think about it - you really need something to hold on to when trying to figure out the person you are going to treat - and that something is symptoms. You can't just look at person and tell them what remedy they need. KWIM? It's based on symptoms. But that does not mean you don't treat the whole person. Alopathic medicine supresses the symptoms - it targets the symptoms alone, not the person as a whole. Homeopathy only uses the symptoms to "get to know" the person. Then once you take the remedy, it "teaches" your body how to heal itself.
To find out more about it read this wonderful thread: homeopathy thread
post #172 of 510
Wanted to add that with classical homeopathy, the goal is to figure out a person's constitution, and strengthen it. There are several approaches with homeopathy, including one that involves using several remedies one after the other. Classical homeopathy is using a person's behavior, appearance, and physical complaints to figure out what remedy matches their constitution. Yeast and gut damage are symptoms of something as well, depending on who you talk to -- mercury poisoning, parasites, malnutrition, etc. However, I have to admit that for us, homeopathy has been pretty hit or miss, with more misses than hits. It takes a real expert and they really need to do an intensive interview with you to figure out what your constitution is, otherwise, the remedy will do nothing.
post #173 of 510
Thread Starter 
ITA, I'm very blessed to have a fabulous homeopath. We have had just about NO misses with him. Once we had to try two remedies because he was on the fence about which was the right one. The second one was the one.

As Pookietooth said, it's about identifying the person's constitution. It also isn't as much about the symptoms as it is about how you REACT to the symptoms. Seven people could have a cold and all experience it differently. Those seven people will likely have seven different remedies. Once you get your body into balance, it heals itself. It doesn't matter what the cause of the damage is, what matters is the body's ability to shift energetically and eliminate or heal the damage. I hope you have a good experience! My friend always says the way to convert anyone into a true believer is arnica-a remedy that is most often used acutely. It works so fast for everyone that it's hard to deny the efficacy of homeopathy!

I have to say that your homeopath explained it very well, so hopefully we have been able to shed some light on his explanation for you.
post #174 of 510
Chinese Pistache, I think we talked a little through pms, and I mentioned that we were using homeopathic rememdies, but never elaborated about our experience. I guess I can't say whether it is working or not yet, since we are doing unda numbers which are used similarly to antibiotics, in a series for three weeks straight. By themselves, they are remedies for things such as overindulgence in foods, colic, stomach discomfort, being high strung...in effect my dd's symptoms from the allergires. Yet, her "diagnosis" was a bad gut, and so we are doing probiotics and anti-inflammatory diet, plus not eating offending foods (aahh, which we are still trying to figure out). Anyways, I think the homeopathic part of the treatment is to try to stimulate her healing response, as others have mentioned, not to get rid of the symptoms.

As someone esle mentioned to, this guy can be a part of your healing puzzle. He doesn't have to get it all about your babe to offer something that will help. Ours gave us a probiotic with lactose, and said that she didn't worry about that...but I just feel like we need to use a completely dairy free one so we do. I ultimately learn from all the sources I can, and then follow my mama instinct about what to apply to heal us...I hope that it works!!
post #175 of 510
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Any more suggestions for a dry cough? My stupid cold still won't go away and I have been coughing all night, in spite of trying absolutely everything I can think of, including vitamin C, various teas, homeopathic cough syrup, OTC cough suppressant...tonight I'm trying cough drops, maybe those will actually help.
Do you have your tonsils and adenoids? When I was a wee lass (about 4 or so), I had a persistant cough that would not go away. All the other cold symptoms went away except the cough. I went through all the allergy testing popular in the late '70's: back scratching and 14 shots in each arm with common allergens. Nothing but a slight, slight reaction to ragweed (must be why I don't like chamomile tea ).

It ended up being my adenoids. They were bigger than my tonsils, so I had surgery to remove them both. I had such a traumatic experience with trusting ANY of the medical staff after the allergy tests! I remember crying and not allowing them to examine me, I also remember being told I could not leave the hospital unless I had a milkshake or ice chips. I wouldn't take anything from them initially because I thought they were trying to poison me! I settled for ice chips.

Anyway, I digress, but having those pesky adenoids removed got rid of the cough and the recurrent ear infections. Not that I am an advocate for surgery, I am not, but if you've got the *parts*, maybe it's a direction to look into.
post #176 of 510
Since doing gluten-free with my DS with excema (5 weeks) and some homeopathic remedies, his excema really looks good. I recently got my free Houston enzymes in the mail and I am excited about using it. I have been giving it to him for 2 days, but so far no problems.

I hope we are on the right track.

I highly recommend homeopathy, too. I have been using it for over 10 years for different things and see more benefits than any allopathic doctor I've seen.
post #177 of 510
I have some old yogurt in my refrigerator (3+ weeks old). Can I still use the whey from it or will that be rotten too?

Anybody know?
post #178 of 510
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I recently got my free Houston enzymes in the mail and I am excited about using it.
What's the trick to getting free Houston's enzymes in the mail?
post #179 of 510
If my DD has mucous in her poop after eating something, what does that mean? She's only getting avocado, squash, CLO, and CO right now. She did eat quite a bit of avocado yesterday, though, maybe twice as much as she usually eats (she was visiting grandma).
post #180 of 510
Thread Starter 
It means that her body is having an inflammatory response to something. It *could* also be that she has a cold and is swallowing mucus.
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